I loaned an individual $900 in cash from my private safe at my house. There is no record of the cash I loaned them. For example no trail to show I withdrew it from the bank or such because it was cash I accrued over a few years from cash gifts and such. The only proof I have is in text messages where I specifically address the $900 and they agree they owe it and will pay me soon, although that was several weeks ago. The other obstacle is the cell phone number they are using is in their ex girlfriends name. I would like to know if I filed a civil suit if I would have a leg to stand on? This individual also has a record and is on probation for the next four years. If I were to win in court, would his wages be garnished? How would I get my money back? Thank you in advance.
Taking the case to Philadelphia Municipal Court (small claims) or one of the Pennsylvania Magisterial District Courts for a county outside Philadelphia would likely be the proper place for legal recourse. You will likely need a better form of proof that they owe you money to succeed in getting a judgment in court.
Pennsylvania limits when wages can be garnished very severely.
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